Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

Start or Grow Your Veteran-Owned Business

Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship ProgramNearly one in four active duty service members and veterans want to open and operate their own business. Opportunity, freedom, and solving problems attract them to the challenge of owning a business. If you’re looking to join the ranks of the 2.4 million military Veterans who run their own business (U.S. Census), we can assist you.

The UCF Business Incubation Program was recently selected as a network partner by Veterans Florida to offer this statewide Veteran Florida Entrepreneurship Program and is funded through a $1 Million appropriation from the State Legislature. The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers a tuition-free, online, and on-campus instruction. It provides veterans with entrepreneurial guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success.

Contact us to today! To learn more about how to participate in this program, please complete the assessment form.

Program Process

Program Overview:

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is broken down into two phase, Phase 1 will be the Educational Phase and Phase II will be the Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase as follows:

Phase 1: Educational Phase (January 16, 2017- May 6, 2017)

During this fifteen-week period, selected participants will attend in-class training to be held every two weeks on Saturdays at one of seven participating institutions of higher education. This phase will prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. The face-to-face instruction will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and application of fundamental principles facilitated by business experts. The curriculum will include concepts ranging from crafting a business plan to accessing capital for new business ventures. Participants will need to complete online coursework in between the Saturday sessions. Facilitators will work intensively and directly with participants to develop an entrepreneurial skillset and test a scalable business model using the Lean Startup Method.

 Phase 2: Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase

Following successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentorship from Florida SBDC business consultants, Network Partner faculty and staff, and business leaders from their local area. This phase of the program will enable participants to receive hands-on guidance to navigate common entrepreneurial challenges and to receive specific feedback regarding their business to drive success. Phase 2 takes place over three weekends and is an intensive, hands-on workshop that will aid participants in developing a business plan ready to deliver to investors.  

COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORT

Help us make the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program a success! We would like to partner with companies & organizations in the community to help make this program a success. Our goal is to empower veterans by providing tuition-free guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success. Please joins us in supporting veteran entrepreneurs in Central Florida launch and grow businesses while creating jobs and growing our regional economy.

If your organization would like to get involved, please contact us!

Ricardo Garcia
Program Manager
Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
UCF Business Incubation Program
rg@ucf.edu
(407)823-2346

Rafael Caamano
Program Manager
Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
UCF Business Incubation Program
rafael@ucf.edu
(407)278-4880

Assessment Form

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Military Branch
ArmyAir ForceNavyMarine CorpsCoast Guard

Military Status
ActiveGuardReserveRetiredVeteran

Employment Status
Self-employedEmployedUnemployed

Briefly describe your business concept.

Which of the following steps have you taken towards launching your business?
Written a business plan/canvasResearched your marketAssembled a teamApplied for or secured financingLocated an appropriate spaceSet up an accounting systemApplied for permits or licensesRegistered your business